1937: 1947: 1954: 1960s: 1976: 2000: 2012: Giovanni Fontana opens his first store in Piazza San Babila, the center of Italian elegance.; Essentially producing leather accessories using traditional saddler techniques, Giovanni starts making leather bags. ; A travel bag named “24h” wins Italy’s prestigious design award, the Compasso d’Oro Prize. The bag would go on to a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the 1970s.; Calls upon renowned architect A.G. Fronzoni to produce a suitcase and attaché case. The maison would continue to collaborate with great designers and architects.; Stanley Marcus, founder of U.S. luxury department store Neiman Marcus, writes that Valextra makes the “finest leather goods in the world.”; Emanuele Carminati Molina takes over management, inheriting the Valextra DNA.; The brand celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding.;